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Ruhrgebiet - Wasserstrassen / Ruhr basin Waterways | Germany: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Degree of difficulty: Demanding
Requirements: Boating license essential
Character of waterway: no rating
Profile of waterway: Main waterway
Facilities groundside: Sufficiant

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Dortmund-Ems-Kanal | Germany
Rhine River | Germany

This branch canal is 40 km long and leads from Datteln on Dortmund-Ems-Kanal to the city of Hamm. Infrastructures along this waterway are still marginal but a lot of efforts are made, especially at Hamm, to improve the situation. Since commercial navigation has become less and less for years, this branch canal is increasingly used by leisure boaters. One has therefore started to offer better infrastructures to skippers.
It was constructed between 1906 and 1914 along the regulated Emscher and connects the Rhine at Duisburg with the Dortmund-Ems-canal. Since its banks are mostly accessible, it is for this heavily industrialized environment almost a recreation area.
For quite a few, passing these industrial facilities is of some excitement. Great attention must be given to the heavy commercial navigation. The canal is designed for vessels up to 1350 t.
One of the most important waterways of Germany. It connects the countries bordering the Rhine to the north and the east of the country and therewith also with the big ports of North and Baltic Sea. Not to forget about the link to Berlin and the Oder.
For skippers of the Netherlands, Belgium and France it is almost a must. Volume of traffic however is immense and it is therefore best to leave it behind as fast as possible.

River Ruhr - an underestimated river
It has after all en entire length of 221km and is, according to the quantity of water, the fifth largest feeder of the Rhine. Looking for the mouth into the Rhine at Duisburg, you might find docks far and wide only. But only a few kilometers further, the risk pays off and one finds oneself in pure nature. After another 30 km one gets to Baldeneysee, the summers resort for the people of Essen. After the lock at Holstener Mühle one can continue to the barrage of Dahlhausen. Afterwards, the river belongs to canoeists only.